A Mountain View, California police officer recently stopped a car for a minor traffic violation. It seems that the car was driving too slowly — going 24 mph in a 35 mph zone. But when he approached the car, ticket book in hand, he found the driver’s seat empty. The officer had stopped one of Google’s self-driving cars.
According to CNN, the car was causing traffic to back up behind it, so the officer pulled it over. (Just how DO you pull over a driverless car, anyway?) The cop asked the passenger how the vehicle determines its speeds along various types of roadways. He also informed the passenger about the section of the California vehicle code which applies to impeding traffic. But in the end the officer decided that no ticket needed to be issued, which is kind of a no-brainer, since there was no driver to issue it to.
Google says that the cars’ speed is limited to 25 mph for safety, and because they want people to notice and approach the vehicles, not simply see them as they go whizzing down the street.
Since the officer didn’t give the car a ticket, Google is bragging that its record of 1.2 million miles of driverless driving without receiving a single traffic citation is intact. But if a driverless car doesn’t have a driver to give a ticket to…
Here’s a report from CNN:
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